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Stella Artois | Stella Artois

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Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2000

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Photo of jasadewi
2.98/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is a light and clear yellow color with a decent sized head that quickly dissipates. It smells skunky. The mouth feel is very light, it feels like you're drinking water. It is very refreshing however. It tastes skunky throughout, but the aftertaste is a delicious malty alcohol taste. Overall, the taste is good, but not great. I would recommend this beer to fans of Euro Lagers, like Heineken, especially as a refreshing beer on a hot day.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into goblet (not a Stella one, though). Straw color, decent head. Head dissipates and leaves a film of lace and bubbles.

Smells a little skunky, mostly light malts and a hint of caramel.

Tastes a bit dank, that rusty green bottle taste often described as "skunky." Malt, corn, a brief bready sweet note.

Mouth is a little harsh. This thing is carbonated.

Comparable to Beck's and Heineken, as many have said. Lager has many enemies, but I find the dank attractive in this beer. Still superior to its American adjunct cousins. Drink from bottle for more skunk.

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Photo of thebeers
3.77/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light in color with a white head. Fairly crisp and clean smelling, with a little malt sweetness, some floral hops and a touch of skunkiness. Pretty similar flavor. Light bodied with the slightest creamy texture and good carbonation. Are we rating within style? I like it for what it is. A slightly lighter version of Heineken.

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Photo of rpilk
1.92/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

No matter what I like to drink it because of its Belgian heritage. It might be AB all the way but it logos and brands well, plus it gets me krunk, so SA is A-okay.

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass
Look: Straw-yellow color typical for a lager. Head is of moderate amount (approximately 2 fingers)
Smell: Musty odor
Taste: Clean and crisp, which is, again, typical for a lager. Not much else
Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation. Light-bodied.
Overall: As already mentioned, its essentially a typical lager. Nothing really special. IMO, no different than Coors, Bud, or Miller.

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Photo of Jeremiah87
2.13/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Typical straw colored light lager with 2 fingers of foam that dissipates very quickly. Aroma is very faint but contains hints of must, skunk and sourdough bread. Tastes like saltine crackers with skunky notes that sneak up at the end. The high carbonation is fitting for this style of beer but doesn't completely mask its flaws.

Not a fan of this style in the first place but even if this is what you're after I think other beers have done it better.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
1.86/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 14.9 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date on bottom of can is 04/2016.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, pale yellow color with one finger white head that quickly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, lower than average carbonation, there is some lacing on the glass.

SMELL: bread, crackers and that euro skunk smell.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, bread, crackers and euro skunk.

PALATE: light body and lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: I did not enjoy drinking this beer, this may be the worst lager I have ever had, it's hard to screw up this style but Stella Artois did just that, I will never have this again and will warn everyone I meet to avoid it.

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Photo of beersareonme
2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well, this beer confirmed everything I believe to be true: the more a beer is advertised on TV, the worse it is (ie: Bud, Coors, MGD etc). It's not that it was bad, just completely unremarkable and indistinguishable from a plethora of other similar beers. I would have a very difficult time picking this European lager out from any similar product.

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Photo of ClarkWoods555
1/5  rDev -67.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is repulsive. It tastes like rusty, tin, dishwasher fluid. I can't bring myself to finish one bottle of this garbage because it tastes skunked and utterly repulsive. I also get a mouth-feel of rotten corn, rusty oil, and pissvomit. This beer is a failure of every conceivable brew I ever had.

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Photo of MACrist
2.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

LOOKS: Very light and golden with small bubbles rising in pilsner glass. Crystal clear beer with a white 2 inch fluffy head. The head sticks around a bit and leaves a thin layer on top of the beer. Leaves decent lacing on glass.
AROMA: First time having this. When I cracked the bottle, immediately I got a blast of grassy hops. Very much reminded me of Pilsner Urquell. This beer smells very grassy, grainy, with a corn like husk aroma.
TASTE: A slight bit of bitterness up front and then there is a lingering almost candy like sweetness on the finish. Again, grassy, corn husk, light malty breadiness.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium thin body, not watery, Smooth soft texture. Adaquate carbonation, not overdone.
OVERALL: I would like this beer quite a bit if it weren't for that cloying, sickly sweet finish. Kind of ruins what started out great. Not horrid, but because of it, wouldn't pick it up again.

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Photo of CommonSense
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

For a beer that sells itself as a top shelf product...... this is just about the worst value in the beer market.

For the same price, you can get craft brews.

For half the price, you can get the same thing in PBR or budweiser.

No, this is not fancy. No this is not a special beer. Overpriced for what it is.

First failing grade: 57/100

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Photo of Myotus
2.72/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured at 48°F from an 11.2oz bottle into a Pilsner glass. Consumed on 14Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with three fingers worth of dense, white foam. At 45 seconds, the foam head becomes rocky and porous. Well after 3 minutes, the head has yet to decrease in size. Straw yellow in color. There is a plethora of medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is high in quantity and both thick and very thick.
SMELL: Mild aromas of boiled cabbage and sweet bread are backed by subtle spicy and earthy hop aromas. Hints of bitter hops can also be detected.
TASTE: Mild sweet bread flavors enter first and are immediately followed by mild flavors of boiled cabbage. Mild earthy and spicy hop flavors along with subtle flavors of wheat (those came out of nowhere) and bitter hops enter lastly as cabbage flavors fade to subtle, but sweet bread flavors grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down somewhat rough. Finishes crisp.
NOTE: If no craft beer is available and all that's available is other Macros, this is my go to beer.

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Photo of colbyjackcheese
3.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Transparent golden. Lots of bubbles.
S: Slightly skunky and oxidized.
T: Slightly oxidized, wheat, honey, a wee bit malty.
F: Light, pleasantly carbonated, smooth, not overwhelming.
O: Inexpensive light lager. Not great, but not bad.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Golden color, medium carbonation, light mouthfeel, sightly sweet taste, overall its ok for a macrobrew. It's better than Bud or Bud Light and for when you're drinking a lot and not paying attention to the taste like you would when drinking a micrbrew.If you drink Heineken then this is for you.

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Photo of chuckm
1.97/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Christmas is the time of year when well meaning friends give me beers that they think are good because they're expensive. I am sad to say Stella falls into this category. Pour is very pale but nice head, smell is acidic and is reminiscent of bathroom cleansers. Taste was slightly better than I feared but below average. I am looking forward to pawning off the rest of this 6 pack on my less discerning friends

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Photo of irrevjim
2.38/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

look; pours golden thin white head that disappears quickly thin lacing, small carbonation bubbles
smell; this is what gives it away, skunky cheap lager smell
taste; catch a hint of honey in the skunky taste, not as skunky as it smells, some smooth honey roll in the middle, skunky front and finish
feel; carbonated, not too harsh, very light,
overall; skunked beer ginger ale, if you're in a bar or function hall with alimited selection they'll probably have a sam adams product that's closer to beer, it's better than some cheap domestics in a pinch, really not very good, sadly sometimes this is the best you can do, i'm drinking one now :(

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Photo of vainosuomi
2.35/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Clear, pale yellow color. Frothy, off-white head. I immediately noticed it was skunked when I poured it. Smell is bad, mostly skunky, with a slight malt presence. Taste is a balance between light, slightly sweet malts and spicy hops. Lager yeast. Somewhat bitter overall. Fairly carbonated, dry, light-bodied.

I've had it not skunked before too; it's at best an easy-drinking, unimposing lager. But they chose to ship it in those green bottles, and when I decided to review it, I got a skunked one. Thus, I stand by this rating.

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Photo of Kubishark
2.78/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Drank at a concert venue that only offered Bud/Bud Light or this. I chose this.

It's clear and yellow, not much smell, not much taste, and light bodied and drinkable. The little taste and smell that is there isn't bad, it's just not anything to write home about. Much much better from cans than those skunky green bottles. This beer basically just reminds me of American Budweiser, only better and less rice-y. So if you go in expecting nothing much better than that, your expectations will be met.

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Photo of beermakesmedrunk
2.26/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Look: its clear, and looks like piss

Smell: smells like piss

Taste: refreshing with the slight taste of cheap larger (piss)

its the beer of choice of someone who is already drunk, so its just your average cheap larger

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.21/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I honestly don't get what the big deal about Stella Artois. Based on the commercials and hype, you'd think it was this awesome beer. Don't get me wrong, it's a decent lager and far better than the swill that is called Budweiser. But I wouldn't go out of my way to drink it.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
2.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stella Artois - Stella Artois. 5% ABV. Standard mug ordered at a restaurant.

Look: Bright golden body, arriving with a thin head of white foam.

Smell: Mostly wheat/grain, with some light hops, and a lot of sweet malts, however it had an off putting skunky aroma backing everything.

Feel: Very thin and light body, and smooth with some carbonation.

Taste: Strong grain/wheat taste, some light hop flavors, that is not bitter, and some cloying sweetness that lingers. Also has the same off-putting skunkyness in the taste as well.

Overall: This is pretty much a fancied up American Adjunct Lager, that is very similar in all categories. Not sure if it is supposed to smell and taste like it sat in the sun for a few days, but it is what it is.

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Photo of alwaysTomorrow
1.59/5  rDev -48%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

If Stella Artois was a $12-for-24 cheapo-lager in the Natty/Busch/Keystone category, it would merit a rating of "okay." But Stella Artois doesn't want to market as a frat party beer in the US, they want to market as a "premium" lager, so I'm going to review it as a premium lager.

Look: Yellow/Gold. Good clarity. Very pale. Fizzy white head that quickly recedes, leaving little to no lacing before disappearing almost entirely.

Smell: Skunk. Must. Faint mineral.

Taste/Feel: Mostly carbonation and cold. Hop presence is minimal, imparting a characterless bitterness. Malt flavors very muted. Like white bread. Barleywater. Noticeable off-flavors even when cold: skunk, cooked vegetable, sulfur. Don't let let this beer get warm. Seriously, don't.

Overall: I hate this beer. I don't hate many beers. I don't turn my nose up at adjunct-lagers; I enjoy some at the right time in the right place. I can appreciate a Budweiser (though I'd probably not have one unless offered) -- it's crisp and refreshing when cold on a hot day after hard work and it has no major flaws or off-flavors. Even the aforementioned, much-maligned Natty has redeeming qualities. Stella does not. Stella is bad. It has minimal flavor and the flavors it does have are bad. It is also expensive. It is a shitty, shitty, expensive shitty beer.

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I grabbed a bottle of Stella Artois at an art gallery opening in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA/USA.

Look: Stella Artois was transparent.
Smell: Stella Artois had a light aroma of wheat.
Taste: Stella Artois had a vague flavour of wheat.
Feel: Stella Artois had a smooth feeling with medium carbonation.
Overall: Stella Artois is a beer that people should try to drink at art gallery openings.

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Photo of Catracho5
2.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Can poured into a tulip

Appearance pours a golden straw color with a white head, clear and very thin looking, lots of carbonation, some head retention, some lacing, looks like watered down apple juice. Smell, wet cardboard, musty, smells really bad. Taste, first impression, it's not as bad as it smells, hay, honey, touch of hops, malts, it is actually pretty smooth and very easy drinking, it does have some crispness. Mouthfeel is light, good amount of carbonation, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Worst part of this beer is the smell, smells horrible like wet cardboard and must, best part is the taste, it's not that bad, it drinks easy, it's smooth but it doesn't have a whole lot of flavor, just enough to give it some slight quality. It's better than I expected.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
3.69/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually drink these out of a 22 oz. bottle, and they are rather foamy but they taste very crisp and refreshing. It has a very odd smell to it, but that didn't do anything to deter me from drinking this and I do enjoy it.

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